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Forum topic by 9saws posted 02-22-2015 08:53 AM 1078 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2015 08:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sabre saw saber saw

Hello there.

I love my saber saw. For cutting curved corners, for cutting pieces of stock that are too small to go under a circular saw, one-bys, circles, stuff like that, it’s the handiest thing ever. I just wore the darn thing out, and it only took me 46 years.

The bad news now is that it seems to be an obsolete format. All I see any more are those big wreckers’ reciprocating saws with tiny feet and a few $$$ professional jobs that I will never own.

I’m probably missing something, but if anyone knows of a reasonably priced half-decent—it doesn’t even need to be whole-decent—home handyman level new or recent saber saw with a solid base, I’d love to hear about it. I’d prefer corded if possible.

Thanks …


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 12:23 PM

Saber saw. to me, means a sawsall. Is that what you mean? Or do you mean a jig saw like a bosch? Not sure what you are reffering to. A photo would help.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 12:47 PM

I like the Bosch barrel handled jigsaw. I feel like I have more control than I had with the older type of jigsaw body.

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 12:49 PM

The problem I always have when replacing a tool that old (and I have a few) is that I remember what the original cost was, and suffer severe sticker shock when looking at the current line up. Anyway, I suggest you give the Bosch JS470 good look. I think you’ll suffer wallet setback, but it’s a very good saw. (BTW, this isn’t the top of line). Calling it a sabre saw just gives away your age :).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 01:54 PM

They are called jig saws now. There are tons of them on the market, Dewalt, Bosch, Makita and many others. Go to Amazon and search for jigsaw and you will find hundreds to choose from.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 04:59 PM

Great answers. very helpful ! Thanks a million !!


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#6 posted 02-22-2015 05:15 PM

I was going to post a picture of an original Sabre saw that said it was a Sabre saw right on the saw, but it seems as if I can’t upload from my PC picture folder so it’s looking as if I won’t.

It’s my belief the names of original tools get changed because of laziness. Jig saw is easier to say than Sabre saw. The single syllable word is chosen over the two syllable word and the Sabre spelling confuses people.

Another example of incorrect use of the language and more common, even by professional news casters, is the O and 0. The O being single and the 0 being two syllable the O gets chosen even if it is incorrect. Once again, people are lazy.

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#7 posted 02-22-2015 05:40 PM

I know how you feel, it lasted 46 yrs because the manufacturing process of the object you purchased, in general is/was superior to what is produced today even though the replacement cost is double or worse. Go to a tool repair shop and regarding the tool, ask what ones come in more often for repair. Excluding abuse the break down list, (what goes 1st and or most often) is of utmost importance.

46 yrs ago there was no home owner class of tools only construction and industrial, 46 yrs ago quality material and labor was cheap, today neither are. By quality I mean longevity not so much accuracy; as a tradesmen we have a long history of overcoming the inadequacies of the tools we use by adaptation, so while I resent it I am realistic enough to know it is inevitable.

-- I meant to do that!

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#8 posted 02-22-2015 05:45 PM

I have an old collection of Popular Science magazines, and the consumer power tools of the 1950s in the ads look horrible. But yeah, I looked up the Bosch bottom-of-the-line jigsaw and half the reviewers have broken blade retainers. I don’t break many hex setscrews.

I hate “features”. “Features” break.

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#9 posted 02-22-2015 07:43 PM

I have a 6.5 Skil saw and a 3” Craftsman belt sander, both from the late 60s early 70s. Both are cast metal bodies, both still run, both still get work, not often and not great anymore. Both have received some mods to keep them going and were never babied, kinda remind me of the old Timex commercials.

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#10 posted 02-22-2015 11:44 PM

I bought a single speed Milwaukee Sawsall in 1969 for $120. Today that same saw, only two speed, costs $120.Tools were very expensive then. I also like the barrel grip Bosch, I paid $150 for mine.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 12:02 AM

This jig saw was my fathers that was passed down to my older brother when our father died. My brother just gave it to me last year. I plugged it in and cut some 8/4 with it and it put my bosch jig saw to shame. That old black and decker was quieter, ran 10 times smoother and cut square while going around curves.

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 01:40 AM

....and now Black and Decker is the absolute bottom of the barrel.

Yours doesn’t have that troublesome angle adjustment, either. I’d love one like that.

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 02:39 AM

If you’re looking for a jig saw with a fixed base here’s what I use. It’s a bit newer than the Black & Decker pictured above. It’s a Porter Cable model 7549. I think that they call it a bayonet saw. At least that’s what they call the blades for it. It can also be used with the standard jig saw blades. You change the blade with a slotted screwdriver. It is a variable speed. Has a blower that can be opened or closed, and an adjustable blade travel.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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